Ashley Williams is Wales’ ultimate big game player, according to former skipper Ashley Williams.
Williams reckons no-one will be more desperate to floor the red-hot Italians on Sunday night than the Juventus midfielder.
Ramsey underlined his enduring class as he netted in successive Euros for Wales in their 2-0 win over Turkey for Rob Page’s side.
The ace may not sport bleached blond air like in 2016 but Ramsey’s form is reminiscent of making the team of the tournament last time.
Now retired skipper turned pundit Williams predicts Ramsey will turn it on again like in Wales’ crucial final qualifier to beat Hungary and also against Belgium in the quarter-finals previously.
Williams assessed: “You see the best of Aaron in these games.
“He is a big game player.
“The bigger the game, the better the performance.
“Look at the last qualifying game against Hungary at home when he came back to play.
“We needed a win and he was exceptional with two goals.
“Against Turkey we needed a win and he turned up.
“You look at 2016 he was unbelievable in the Belgium game.
“I have known and played with him for years.
“He is not one to shy away.
“He is full of confidence.
“When you watch him, he is always trying to get on the ball and make things happen.
“It doesn’t always come off but he is always willing to do that.
“He wants to create a goal or have a little bit of a dribble.”
Ramsey, who scored FA Cup final winners for Arsenal in 2014 and 2017, now has 17 goals in 65 caps for his country.
He will look to add to that tally against in-form Group A leaders Italy after an difficult season at Juve, where he struggled for form and fitness.
“It is always special playing against your old team or for him going to play in Italy in Rome,” said Williams, who is an ambassador for McDonald’s Fun Football programme, which is giving thousands of children the chance to play football for free this summer
“We are talking at the minute does Rob Page maybe rest some players, do Italy rest some players?
“I am pretty sure Aaron will be putting his hand up and saying: ‘I want to play’.
“He has some team-mates who play for Italy so I am pretty sure he will be excited.
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“He will want a big performance from himself.
“Everything has not been great for him in the season just gone.
“But if you have Aaron Ramsey he is a valuable player.
“He is a really good weapon to utilise.”
Ramsey’s importance to Wales was underlined at Euro 2016.
After starring to help the side to the last four, Ramsey was suspended for Wales’ 2– 0 exit to Portugal when they missed him badly.
“That is a fair reflection of the game,” admitted Williams.
“Andy King came in to replace him and it is nothing against Kingy on that night.
“They are just different players.
“Aaron sees the game a little bit earlier than most players.
“He can create something where a lot of other players wouldn’t.”
While when it comes to Ramsey to notching himself, no-one is better than Gareth Bale as the left-footed maestro repeatedly showed against Turkey.
“When Gareth Bale and Aaron are finding each other we are a way more dangerous team,” said Williams.
“You could see against Turkey, everytime Gaz came inside or got the ball out of his feet then Aaron was on his bike straight away. Most times Gaz will find him.”
Ashley Williams is calling on families to sign up for McDonald’s free Fun Football sessions, which will get thousands of children playing football this summer. To find a local session go to: mcdonalds.co.uk/football